Crack! Crack! Two quick hits on each shoulder. I struck my fellow Zen student twice on one shoulder, twice on the other, using the Zen stick called the Kyosaku. Tears streamed down my face. Though my friend was unharmed, strong emotions flowed through me, leaving me both unsettled and curious. The strikes are precisely aimed at the trapezius muscles, are meant to help energize the sitter during long hours of meditation, and are only administered upon request.
Why, then, the powerful reaction in me, the striker?